ABC May Follow Football With ‘Noah’

ABC will revise its Monday lineup during the February sweeps – shelving the movie that usually follows the “Monday Night Football” season and instead try series there for the first time since spring 1990.

The network is expected to announce that the New World TV drama “Second Noah” will dock in the 8 p.m. berth beginning Feb. 5, followed by various specials through sweeps at 9 p.m. leading into “Murder One,” which returns from hiatus at 10 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 8.

Another, unspecified series is expected to bridge the gap from 9-10 p.m. in March. ABC will continue airing its Monday movie from 8-10 p.m. through January.

“Second Noah” stars Daniel Hugh-Kelly (“Hardcastle & McCormick”) and Betsy Brantley as a family whose brood includes eight adopted children and countless animals from a nearby wild-animal park.

It’s been anticipated that ABC might return to series Monday, as the network scheduled another movie slot Thursday to counter NBC’s powerhouse lineup, along with an hour of reality programming. ABC currently programs movies on Saturdays and Sundays as well, and four regular movie slots would put a considerable strain on the network’s movie inventory.

The last time ABC went with an all-series Monday lineup was in April 1990. –

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